Polish fans of LoL have even more reasons to be proud – Polish Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski finds himself in the elite group of players to reach the semi-finals. Alongside his team, Jankowski had dismantled tournament favorite RNG in the quarterfinal. In what was arguably the biggest upset in LoL E-sport history, G2 Esports advanced by winning 3-2 in games.
Alongside Jankowski fought Croat Luka “Perkz” Perković, Dane Martin “Wunder” Hansen, Swede Petter “Hjarnan” Freyschuss and Korean Kim “Wadid” Bae-in.
G2 Esports will now have to face the third and last Chinese team, Invictus Gaming. If they succeed, they will be the first Western team in the grand finals since 2011 and Jankowski will be the second Polish player ever, to play in the finals.
Meanwhile, the other European team Fnatic beat another Chinese powerhouse, Edward Gaming 3-1. Fnatic will face American Cloud 9 in the semi-finals.
Only four teams remain in the tournament: European G2 Esports, Fnatic, American Cloud 9 and Chinese Invictus Gaming. This is the first time since 2011 when more Western than Asian teams have reached the semi-finals. It is also the first time that a Korean team has not made it beyond the Round of Eight.
The semi-finals will take place on October 27th and 28th. The grand final will be held on November 3rd in Incheon, South Korea. All of the matches are played in a best-of-five format. The prize pool exceeds USD 2 million.